Wily Peralta Struggles, But Should Two Outings Matter?


Wily Peralta has been struggling, there’s no arguing that, but should we really be judging him based on two outings of work?

It seems that we shouldn’t be, even if there’s cause for concern, the boos he met on Saturday are a far overreaction at this point.

In two outings Wily Peralta has struggled, to say the least. Colby Rasmus homered twice, and Tyler White added a third as Peralta allowed seven hits, six runs (earned) and four walks to go with four strikeouts in a four 1/3-innings of work as Peralta left the field to a chorus of boos. Opening Day wasn’t much better for Peralta as he lasted just four innings giving up 4 ERs in that span, with four consecutive losses going back to last season, should we be judging Peralta at this point?

Short answer – No. There’s no denying that he had an ugly spring, going 2-3 with a 6.30 ERA while giving up 33 hits and four home runs in just 20 innings of Cactus League play and that his two outing so far hasn’t helped his case either. With that said,  Wily Peralta has played just two games into the season.

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Lets put it this way, if you whether you passed or failed a class became determined on the grades of your first two assignments, you’d never want to take another class again. Now, I’m not saying that pitching in the bigs is akin to taking a class, what I’m saying is that two outings aren’t enough to judge.

If you want to add last season’s woes onto this one, that’s fine. But, I’m not.  Wily Peralta is 27, and he still has plenty of decent baseball left in him.

Peralta is a groundball pitcher, with a K/9 rate of 6.36. While he may not be a 200+ inning pitcher this season(FanGraphs ZiPS projects just 173), I don’t think two outings of work is a forecast of what’s to come.

Wily Peralta had a down year in 2015 and was plagued by injuries. Judging him on two outings is pretty irresponsible, if he’s having a rebound year by the All-Star break, those two outings will be all by forgotten (there are always people who will point them out). Peralta had all off-season to recover, and he’s still working on getting his kinks out, time and patience is what he needs from Brewers fans, not boos.